Career Development

    Career Development 


    How to say, "This is the job I always wanted!" a dozen times in 50 years... And mean it.

    Whether you’re just starting out or a few years in, you deserve to hear the truth: being a CPA isn’t just a job. It’s actually a whole series of jobs, one after another, that before you know it add up to something pretty amazing: a career.

    A career, mind you, that might very well include some stepping stones, stopgaps and maybe even a mistake or two. But really, there are no dead ends – in this profession, every route will lead you somewhere. You just have to recognize the forks in the road, pay attention to the turn signals and great opportunities will appear on the horizon. (No more driving metaphors, we promise.)

    As with anything else, some of this will be the result of a fortuitous confluence of events (“dumb luck”), but there’s an awful lot that’s in your power to control. And whether through providence or preparation, you’ve just stumbled on a great resource to help sift your options and plan your career ahead.

    This is the place to get more information on the kinds of career paths you can follow – public accounting, government, non-profit, business, industry, whatever – and the credentials you need to reach them.

    It’s also the place to get guidance on the questions that are bound to come up along the way. What should go on your next resume? How can you get plugged into professional networks? Should I work domestically, across the state line or go global

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    What to know before you become partner

    Article If you’re on the path to partner, it’s important to know what to expect. Young CPAs who made partner or are on the ownership track offer the following advice on how to prepare.
    Published on July 21, 2015

    Replace the career ladder with a career lattice

    Article Building a career lattice is about finding new opportunities, broadening your skill set and making new contacts. Doing that eventually will help you take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
    Published on July 21, 2015

    How to land the most coveted assignments

    Article Landing plum assignments can sometimes be a challenge for a young CPA. Should you speak up or just hope the good work you perform gets you noticed? Here’s what other young CPAs recommend.
    Published on June 16, 2015

    A Ph.D. for me Really

    Article If you are a CPA with recent practical experience and a love for the profession, the academic accounting community is ready to embrace your talents.
    Published on June 16, 2015

    Tips for being a better B&I accountant

    Article Becoming more familiar with the business’s processes and products can help your organization and your career.
    Published on May 19, 2015

    Your LinkedIn profile misses you

    Article Stacie Saunders, senior manager for social business and member engagement at the AICPA, provides 10 tips on what young CPAs need to know about LinkedIn.
    Published on May 19, 2015

    5 books young CPAs should consider reading

    Article What should you be reading right now? We asked several successful young CPAs for their personal recommendations. Here’s what they suggested.
    Published on April 21, 2015

    What is your edge

    Article E.D.G.E. is all about your professional role today, your goals for the future and how to close the gap with new leadership and communication skills, technical know-how, expanded career connections and so much more.
    Published on April 17, 2015

    Why you should send top talent to the AICPAs E.D.G.E. Conference

    Article E.D.G.E. is all about your professional role today, your goals for the future and how to close the gap with new leadership and communication skills, technical know-how, expanded career connections and so much more.
    Published on April 08, 2015

    Simple ways women CPAs can succeed at home and the office

    Article Balancing a successful career with an amazing home life can be difficult sometimes. But it is possible to achieve both if you have a plan in place for preventing or dealing with the challenges that we all face.
    Published on March 17, 2015

    Staying professional on social media

    Article Here are some tips for using social media in a way that will help, and not hinder, your career.
    Published on March 17, 2015

    How to impress your managing partner

    Article For a young, ambitious CPA, managing up is just as important as doing what’s listed in the job description. That’s because impressing the managing partner can drastically improve your career development.
    Published on February 17, 2015

    17-year-old becomes one of the worlds youngest CPAs

    Article Through hard work and determination, Belicia Cespedes earned the credential before she was even eligible to vote.
    Published on February 17, 2015

    Itching to quit

    Article Here’s what to consider when you’re trying to decide whether to leave your job or stick it out.
    Published on January 20, 2015

    How to become a globetrotting CPA

    Article Working internationally is exciting and can increase your professional cachet, but it can be difficult to land that first global assignment. If you’re serious about working abroad, start early and plan your career accordingly.
    Published on January 20, 2015

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